Thursday, August 27

getting some work done...

Most of who know me, know that I don't work... well, not really. I do have a very part time job as a personal assistant, but I never think of that as work as it's only 3 or 4 days a month (perfect if you ask me!). But earlier this summer, Nancy of Gilding the Lily asked me if I'd like to take over booking classes for her shop. Of course I said yes, as it gives me the opportunity to bring some of my favorite artists to Nancy's wonderful customers, and to get to be involved in the art I love so much. It's a win, win situation and great work if you can get! I just finished putting together our Fall Schedule, and I think we've added some wonderful new teachers to our family, including Iva Wilcox and Colleen Moody both of whom will be in the shop in late September. Here's a sneak peek at some of the class projects coming in the next month or two...




Yep, I guess if I'm going to have a job I'm lucky to have two that I enjoy so much. Hope your summer's been great, and I hope to see you in one of our classes soon!

Tuesday, August 18

back in five minutes...

Sorry for the unexpected blogging break, but there are only a few more weeks of summer left and I'm completely enjoying them. So until I'm back, here are a few beautiful photos of Lisa and Tim's great space at Country Roads in Orange...


Sunday, August 9

a whirlwind summer...

I'm sorry it's been so long since I've written. I've been coming down off of a very full past few weeks. Having had Judy Wilkenfeld come in to teach our group last weekend was such a treat for us all, and a real honor for me personally. To spend two full days in her workshop was great, but it flew by as good times often do. I'll share with you what I made in her class in my next post.
My girlfriend Nancy hosted a Trunk Show to coincide with Judy's visit and it was an evening of fun and great shopping as always. I love sharing Gilding the Lily with others, and I think everyone found amazing things there. Thanks for opening the shop to us, Nancy.
Friday night kicked off five days together with some amazing women, who are just the most fun. Joanna was able to join us, and make a long weekend of it. It was great to get to know her, and we fell in as though we had all been friends for years! What a kind, gentle, creative soul she is... and what a great addition to our group.
Judy is so talented and her books are full of such amazing detail. That's what drew me to her art and prompted me to ask her to come teach, when I met her last year. I love that she so generously shares her knowledge, tips and techniques for reproducing the effects she is known for, in such an easy~going manner. I couldn't have asked for more from her, or for a more relaxed creative workshop. I encourage any of you to study with Judy if you have the chance. Hopefully we can do this again the next time she comes to the states. 

Thanks to all of the women who joined us, I hope you'll share your books as you continue to create in them. Please feel free to add your photos to the Yahoo Group so we can all see the wonderful work you do. And lastly a special thanks to Leslie for all your help and support, I could not have done this without you!
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